A haunted theatre
A murdered actress
Three cursed teenagers
A secret that devastates them all…
The Dean Wilson Theatre is believed to be haunted by a long-dead actress, singing her last song, waiting for her final cue, looking for her killer…
Now Dust, the iconic musical, is returning after twenty years. But who will be brave enough to take on the role of ghostly goddess Esme Black, last played by Morgan Miller, who was murdered in her dressing room?
Theatre usher Chloe Dee is caught up in the spectacle. As the new actors arrive, including an unexpected face from her past, everything changes. Are the eerie sounds and sightings backstage real or just her imagination? Is someone playing games?
Is the role of Esme Black cursed? Could witchcraft be at the heart of the tragedy? And are dark deeds from Chloe’s past about to catch up with her?
Not all the drama takes place onstage. Sometimes murder, magic, obsession and the biggest of betrayals are real life. When you’re in the theatre shadows, you see everything.
And Chloe has been watching…
Published on 16th April 2020 by Orenda Books, 300 Pages
After reading ‘Call me Star Girl’ by this author I knew I wanted to read more of her work and after meeting Louise at the Orenda Road Show and hearing her read an extract of this I knew I HAD to read this book!!
This is the story of Chloe Dee, a theatre usher who longs to be on stage but feels she is not good enough, that she is one of those blend into a crowd kind of girls and not a leading lady. She is working in a theatre where she first saw the musical ‘Dust’, a musical which she knew all the words for and sparked her love for the stage but also the production where the star of the show was murdered on the fourth night! Now, 20 years later, the show is coming back but is history going to repeat itself?
Let me start off by telling you that this author knows how to hook you in so if you hoping to just read a few pages before bed then just be prepared to be up all night! The chapters are short and sharp and feed you just enough information to make you NEED to read the next chapter and then just the one after that…
This book was brilliant and utterly bewitching! The characters were well though out and perfectly placed, I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense of not knowing if there was an actual magical/haunted element or if Chloe was just imagining things and I also love that Louise also really gets social media, the importance of it in today’s world and yet how toxic it can be.
This author does not shy away from real life issues either, a trait that I noticed in Call me Star Girl and again in this book. I really appreciate that the character’s flaws and and mental illness are not glossed over or romanticised for the reader.
This is a fantastic book and the second one of Louise Beeches books to blow me away (is it too cheesy to say like dust?!), I have not read a bad book from this publisher either and I am adding them both to my auto buy list! (Full disclosure: Maria in the Moon and The Lion Tamer Who Lost) I honestly do not feel like my review can do this justice so please check out Jo’s review over at My Chestnut Reading Tree (she is the Queen of reviews!!)
Also please don’t miss Louise virtual launch party on April 16th 2020 at 5.30pm over on facebook, She is amazing so I have no doubt it will be full of laughs and also there will be giveaways!!
Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. Her second book, The Mountain in My Shoe was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Both of her previous books Maria in the Moon and The Lion Tamer Who Lost were widely reviewed, critically acclaimed and number-one bestsellers on Kindle. The Lion Tamer Who Lost was shortlisted for the RNA Most Popular Romantic Novel Award in 2019. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice. Louise lives with her husband on the outskirts of Hull, and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012.
She also signs all her books with boobs and my copy of dust has speckles of dust inside too!